Greatest Judas Priest Albums


The Top Ten

1 Painkiller

BEST METAL ALBUM EVER. Well this is clearly the greatest metal album ever from the best metal band JUDAS PRIEST. Its only competition is defenders of the faith which is still quite far behind this
Song ranking
1. Touch of Evil (also my all time favorite song
2. PainKiller
3. Metal Meltdown
4. All Guns Blazing
5. Night Crawler
6. Hell Patrol
7. Shot at Glory
8. Between the Hammer and the Anvil
9. Leather Rebel
10. Living Bad Dreams

I had heard a couple of Priest album despite my young age (6 years) But when I heard this I was completely blown away by the hard and fast paced sound, not to mention the darker themes. The production sounds as good today as it did back then.

A must have for any metal fan.

Solid album. I like every track on this album, but what really stands out to me is the self titled track, Pain Killer. I'd rank this within my top 10 metal tracks, a true eargasm.

Painkiller is my 4th favorite son of all time And my favorite Judas Priest song

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2 Screaming for Vengeance

If you thought this was the best album, then you've got another thing coming. First there was British Steel, and then there was Painkiller. Then there was Defenders of the Faith. If you think this was the best album, then do not start screaming for vengeance.

Hard to believe they put this out the year after Point of Entry (which is underrated by the way). To me this album cemented their legacy though they've continued to put out great music. From start to finish this is the best Priest album in my opinion.

Dont forget you've got another thing comin'!

Bloodstone, title track, Fever, Devil's Child, Electric Eye, Prisoner of your Eyes, Riding on the Wind, Take these Chains, You've got another thing coming, Pain and Pleasure are all stone-cold metal classics. There are no fillers and Defenders too.

Painkiller is good but overrated. Defenders and Sad Wings are both really good and should be second and third (respectively). British Steel is mediocre with the exception of Breaking the Law. Stained Class is also really good. Redeemer too. Hell Bent is good but can't hold up to the rest personally. Sin after Sin is an extremely good album that should be higher. And Ram it Down. I have no words for that abomination.

1. Screaming for Vengeance
2. Defenders of the Faith
3. Sad Wings of Destiny (only one filler being Epitaph but due to how good the other songs are this can be overlooked)
4. Stained Class (a classic of heavy metal like Paranoid)
5. Painkiller (a few fillers but the rest are uber heavy)
6. Jugulator ...more

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3 Defenders of the Faith

Great songs like the sentinel and freewheel burning it makes me in goose pumps all time I hear this albums songs maybe greatest album ever made

One of my top metal albums from any band! Its got everything from screaming metal to great heavy rock. Love it!

After Painkiller it's the best Judas Priest's album. The Sentinel, Freewheel Burning, Rock Hard Ride Free - epic songs! M/

By far the best Priest album. Too many bandwagon Priest fans believe that Painkiller is their best album. It is a very good album, don't get me wrong. Every song on Defenders is a classic with absolutely no filler from beginning to end. Painkillers filler include: Shot at Glory, Leather Rebel and Living Bad Dreams. The first number of songs on Painkiller are amazing to say the least but by the end of the album it all goes downhill :(

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4 Sad Wings of Destiny

The cornerstone record that defined and solidified the Priest sound. Dark, doom laden, downright evil riffs drive this record. Halford's tremendous vocal range rips through the speakers supported by the twin lead guitars. Taking the genre started by Black Sabbath to a faster and more metallic place, this album defined the evolution of heavy metal. The highlight, and defining song, Victim of Changes is simply one of the greatest songs on one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. JP's number seminal album that started it all. To quote lyrics on a much later record, this was the birth of the "Armor plated raging beast, the spawn of steel and leather, that will survive against all odds, stampeding on forever."

The best Judas Priest song for many reasons such as every single song ranging from very good to unbelievable. But the other main reason is for the simple fact that this is probably the greatest vocal performance ever achieved on an album. Rob Halford shows off his voice range through out every song. His voice is beautiful and this album is a showcase to that god like talent. - metalmaiden

The beginning of Judas Priest! I mean, Rocka Rolla was good, but not JUDAS-PRIEST-GOOD! Sad Wings of Destiny is the first album to include the Judas Priest landmark sound and Halford groundbreaking voice style that (in my opinion) set the ground and the rules for all heavy metal singers from here (1976) on!

This album is not that good, it's overrated because Victim of Changes is in the album. Most of the songs are quite mediocre. - somekindofaguy

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5 British Steel

This album defines Judas Priest's best work. Plus, Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight are two of the most famous songs Priest has, and Metal Gods is terrific as well. Why the heck is this album #5?! Makes no sense. It has to be their number 1

A ground-breaking record by the Metal Gods

Can't believe this is out of the top 3; certainly better than Screaming for me. Great tracks and quintessential Priest!

Great combination of NWOBHM and punk (yeah right! ). speed metalwouldnt be w/o British steel

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6 Stained Class

Dark, no fillers, and "Beyond the Realms of Death" is Priest's best song.

The twin lead guitars really get to shine here when compared to, for example, British Steel or Screaming for Vengeance and Beyond the Realms of Death is simply the best Priest song ever. Sound quality is honestly sometimes pretty bad (Saints in Hell, I'm looking at you) but THAT should not be a reason to not like the album - soturi570

Are you kidding me? Stained Class only ranked at 6? This is an ultimate heavy metal classic album, it gave birth to speed metal and to the new wave of British heavy metal. Heroes End, Savage, Saints in hell, Stained Class, white heat red hot and Exciter are absolute masterpieces of Heavy metal. It is their best album with Sad wings of destiny.

Exciter, Beyond The Realms Of Death, and the most consistently metallic rocking to be found this side of 1980. Undeniable on every count.

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7 Redeemer of Souls

The only reason this is far down is because it just came out. This album deserves to be in the top ten for sure.

Should be 2nd only to painkiller. this album has some great heavy tracks such as "halls of valhalla", "battle cry", "march of the damned", and "redeemer of souls". actually all of the tracks are awesome, but these are the best. "beginning of the end" is a really epic song too, it just fits perfectly in this album.

Hell and back is awesome too. At least you recognize how amazing this album is. - Sabbath

This album establishes Halford as the true metal god. The best work of his illustrious career. Simply aeesome. Imagine if you wil three 60 something metal stars and a fairly new drummer and a brand new guitarist getting together and making there greatest work ever. Got it in your mibd yet? Good listen to this album and you'll hear it. Unbelievable!

First 4 songs get you hooked

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8 Hell Bent for Leather

I have this one, Actually it is called Killing Machine (the one I have on vinyl) and I really like this record. It got very nice songs like: Before the dawn, Running Wild, Hell Bent for Leather, Burnin' up. Good songs and very good vocals! It was my first record of Judas Priest! And it is still awesome! I can listen to it all-day. Judas Priest is still rocking of course!

Unquestionably Judas Priest's best album of the 70's. It's where they defined their general sound and atmosphere, mixing the unrelenting instrumental attack of Stained Class with the Halford-centric British Steel. All classics from beginning to end. And zero filler.

This was my first Judas Priest Album. It was so unique and powerful. The Dueling guitars changed my life. My friends thought they had 2 singers in the band. Rob is God, his vocals are impeccable!

Best heavy metal album ever - Souleater318

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9 Sin After Sin

Solid record, Simon Phillips drumming makes a huge difference. Sin After Sin and Sad Wings were amazing albums.
You'll either like the stuff before Hell Bent or after. If you like Black Sabbath, UFO, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Rainbow, then you will like the earlier stuff. If you like Metallica, Ratt, and Motley Crue you will like the later.

Sin and Wings are FAR SUPERIOR to ANYTHING else they released in studio.

Diamonds and rust is perfection

Best ever. then stained class. sad wings. ram it down, hell bent, turbo, defenders, screaming, and so on.

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10 Turbo

Great glam metal from the Priest. Showing how dynamic this band can be. As with Painkiller four years later.

Are you nuts? This is on the list instead of British Steel?

One of the few that likes this a lot. Hey it's was the 80's

Very underrated album by Priest, it has great traks like Turbo Lover, Locked in and Parental Guidance.

The Contenders

11 Ram It Down

Has always been badly underrated because it's sandwiched between the most hated (Turbo) and most loved (Painkiller) albums of Priest's discography.

Drum machine? No problem. Most energetic album along with Painkiller. True heavy metal sound and expression.

Come on, if you can get past the drum machine, you get a great album.

Should be Above Turbo - christangrant

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12 Angel of Retribution

The best of their recent albums in my opinion, it has great tracks like Judas Rising, Revolution and Angel. It also marked the return of Rob Halford who left the band shortly after Painkiller. It should be in the top ten of this list for sure.

Wow currently #14 on list, I guess a lot of people don't know this one because it's newer. Give it a few listens you'll be glad you did. - metalhank

I just love this album, so many good songs

Should be in the top ten as it's more solid then Ram it Down or Turbo - SteelCity99

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13 Killing Machine

Killing machine and hell bent for leather are the same albums duh! - Sabbath

It would have been in the top five if the votes were not split

Uh... It's already on the list.

This must be in the top 5

14 Unleashed In the East

'Unleashed in the studio' it may be - but it's still Priest's best work.

Judas at its best

One of the best live album of its era
The best line up I feel too?
Halford, downing, tipton, binks and hill

What? this should be top 5!

15 Nostradamus

HOW IS NOSTRADAMUS 13TH?! God, listen to the songs and then vote please. The songs are consistently good in this album, unlike stained glass, or hell bent for leather which have only a few great songs. British Steel is THE most overrated album. Breaking the law isn't great and nor as living after midnight. In Nostradamus, the eponymous song, prophesy, exiled, alone, visions, conquest... The list is endless.
Also vote for Angel Of Retribution - a heavy metal masterpiece. The eponymous song, judas rising, revolution. They characterize not Judas Priest but the heavy metal genre which this band is a pioneer of.

Only a few great songs in Hell Bent for Leather and Stained Class, and as an alternative you prefer Nostradamus? What the hell is wrong with you? You must be getting the albums mixed up, because if there's anything that can describe Nostradamus it's that there are a few good songs. There's so much filler it isn't even funny and it's so hard to listen to the whole thing in one go. Of course there are some good songs on it, but for every solid track there's at least 2 pointless ones. - dubsinthetubs

This album is so underrated it's ridiculous. This album tells a very vivid story about the prophet Nostradamus and does a great job doing it. This album was an emotional roller coaster, making me feel empowered at some songs and making me cry at others. People dismiss this album as bad because it is not all heavy like painkiller, but when you sit down and listen to it in its entirety, it is truly a masterpiece. It is not my absolute favorite, but it is way to low on this list, so I voted for it anyway.

The whole way through, a great album. The concept really adds a mesmerizing element to it, and the songs are undeniably awesome. The only reason that it's underappreciated is because people don't TRY to listen to the newer stuff from decades-old metal bands. Same case with Iron Maiden, Overkill (who used to cover Priest), Motorhead and Testament (who have played alongside Priest).

Dark epic music with well written songs and great cinematic athmosphere, very inteligent lyrics about life of Nostradamus the of the best conceptual albums of all time...sadly underrated.

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16 Rocka Rolla

Their most underrated album. Listen to Rocka Rolla, Never Satisfied, Run Of The Mill, and One For The Road.

No love for Rocka Rolla? Classic 70s Priest with more interesting and creative songs than in the 80s (not saying those were bad)

17 Jugulator

A very underrated album, often given a poor rating because it's the first album missing Rob Halford and the style of the bands music was much heavier due in part to the long gap between this album and Painkiller. Tim Ripper Owens features on this album and delivers strong vocals, he's since gone on to front great band's such as Iced Earth, Beyond Fear and Dio Disciples. Songs like Burn in Hell, Blood Stained and the title track all being great examples.

Several aspects make the sound of this album - thrash, groove, speed, death, traditional, etc.. Judas Priest blends it perfectly and creates their heaviest album, a metal monster they unleashed on the world when it was thought heavy metal was a dying genre. Well, albums like this proved the world wrong.

Deserves far more attention. Demolition too, they're both great albums. Neither is the best, but just because they don't have Halford them it doesn't mean it's bad. - DesL42

I don’t hate this album because it’s not Rob Halford. I hate it because it’s Tim “Ripper” Owens. I hate him. I hate his vocals, I hate him as a person. The only good song he made with Judas Priest is Jugulator, AND IT’S NOT ON SPOTIFY

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18 Priest...Live!
19 '98 Live Meltdown
20 Live Insurrection

Live insurrection is a great album with 28 song of awsomeness some songs are not Judas Priest and some are Judas Priest other then that this album Halford blew the roof off the stage

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Top Remixes (42)

1. British Steel
2. Screaming for Vengeance
3. Defenders of the Faith
1. Defenders of the Faith
2. Painkiller
3. Sad Wings of Destiny
1. Defenders of the Faith
2. Screaming for Vengeance
3. Painkiller

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